WHAT TO TAKE ON A MOTORCYCLE TRIP
Over the past few years, we’ve been fine-tuning what’s been going into our bags - keeping track of what we've needed and what we could've done without. Over time, this list has become the starting point for many of our trips. As such, we thought it might be of use to others and so wanted to share it. We’re not saying this is gospel, in fact, we’d like to hope that by putting this out, those of you who have learnt any tricks will get in touch so that this kit list can continue to evolve.
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The Motorcycle Expedition Kit List
Armoured, Waterproof Jacket
Lightweight Armoured Top
Gloves x2 (so you have a dry pair to hand)
Earplugs (+ spares)
Long Nose Pliers
Small Can of WD40 (or other water repellant)
Spare Inner Tubes + Repair Kit or Tubeless Repair Kit
Quicksteel (for cracked sump)
Clutch + Break Leavers (in case you drop the bike)
Spare Clutch + Throttle Cables
Cable Repair Kit
Lenth of Hose (for syphoning fuel)
Superglue (for fuel leaks)
2ft of Electrical Wire
Lighter / Fire Steel
Small Sieve (to filter coffee)
Pine Tar Soap (helps relieve insect bites)
Toothbrush + Paste
Pain Relief Gel (for aching neck / back)
Basic FirstAid Kit
Needle + Thread
Hip Flask for Whiskey
Map Case (+ net to strap to tank)
Spare Bank Card (stored separately from wallet)
Travel Insurance Detail
Visas (if needed)
Phone + Charger
Camera + Charger
Spare Camera Battery
Spare Memory Cards
12v USB Power Adaptor
This kit list is a starting point – you will need to measure your plans against what you pack. If you don’t think you'll camp, you won’t need a tent. Consider how long you’ll be away, the distances you’ll cover, how remote you will be and the climates you'll encounter.
The tools we’ve listed will get you out of most situations but, only if you know how to use them. Before setting off, it’s worth understanding the sorts of terrain you’ll pass through and how they will affect your bike. An evening or two spent mastering the basics at home will pay dividends by the roadside.
For those less mechanically minded - don't let a lack of knowledge stop you carrying a tool roll. If you break down and don’t know how to fix a problem, someone you meet might. Having the right spanner to hand will make this a lot easier. Nearly everyone who’s been on a motorcycle trip has a story of how someone helped them out of a tricky spot. Were all in it together and that’s the way it should be.